by Beth Lawton
Although traveling by car this upcoming holiday weekend is the most economical option for many people, expect to see higher prices at area gas stations.
AAA predicts U.S. drivers may see the highest gas prices on a Fourth of July weekend since 2008.
Right now, the average gas price in Georgia is $3.61 per gallon – that’s 27-cents per gallon higher than July 4, 2013. The peak price in Georgia in 2014 was $3.70 per gallon, which we hit at the end of April. The average gas price in the Atlanta area right now is $3.67 per gallon.
Violence in Iraq and ongoing instability in the Middle East is contributing to higher-than-normal fuel prices.
More than 41 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home over Independence Day weekend nationally, according to AAA. That’s an increase of almost 2 percent over Fourth of July weekend in 2013, and a 14 percent increase over Memorial Day weekend this year.
More than 80 percent of those 41 million people will be traveling by car.Enter your ZIP code here to find the average (and cheapest) gas in your area.